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Local governments disagree on extended Clean Water Act regulation

Local governments in the United States are trying to find a middle ground on opposing opinions regarding new federal Clean Water Act rules causing much discussion among farmers, industry leaders and environmentalists.
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Koppers Holdings plans Illinois naphthalene plant

The company announced this week that it would apply for a series of environmental permits and was also looking at the possibility of consolidating its tar distillation businesses across North America. If all goes well, the company expects the facility to be in operation in early 2016.
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Oil industry in rush to replace old tank cars

The U.S. Transportation Department has drafted rules that provision a six-year period for oil companies and railroad operators to replace old tank cars that are prone to rupture with new, safer ones, but it seems that operators have no plans to wait that long.
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Consumer group slams FSIS over insufficient safety inspections

Consumer group Food & Water Watch (FWW) has criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for failing to conduct a sufficient number of food safety inspections due to understaffing
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US refineries should look for export opportunities amid growing competition

The market is becoming more competitive globally, as exports offer higher margins, whereas domestic feedstock is cheap and abundant but not necessarily the right type of product they need.
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NOAA: Algae blooms in Lake Erie on the decline

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects significant algae bloom in the western part of Lake Erie this summer, but predicts lower levels than last year and a dramatic decline from the 2011 peak.
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US slaps duties on South Korean pipe imports

The United States has imposed duties on steel pipe imports from South Korea and eight other countries in response to claims that domestic production was suffering because of unfair competition from abroad.
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Salix Pharmaceuticals to merge with Cosmo subsidiary

U.S.-based Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has announced plans to merge with a unit of Italian company Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, Cosmo Technologies Ltd.
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Praxair unveils plans for new nitrogen facility in New Mexico

Industrial gases company Praxair, Inc. has announced plans to expand its New Mexico facility, including the construction of a new nitrogen facility.
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Is China getting ready for a fracking revolution?

Despite its huge fortune buried in shale rock formations, China has been very slow to realize the benefits of fracking and embrace the technology.
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